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Pendleton Marine killed during parachute training

PERRIS, Calif. — An investigation was under way Wednesday into the death of a U.S. Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in a skydiving accident near Perris Valley Airport in Riverside County, authorities said.

Skydiver Dies In Perris, CAFirefighters were dispatched about 3 p.m. Tuesday on a report of an injured skydiver at or near 2000 Goetz Road, north of where Perris Valley Skydiving is located at the airport, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The man was declared dead at the scene, she said.

The victim was doing training exercises at Perris Valley Skydiving with a group of Marines from Camp Pendleton at the time of his death, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa McConnell told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The circumstances of the accident were under investigation and the man’s identity was being withheld pending notification of his family, Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Alex H. Lim told the newspaper.

The skydiver landed in a 10-acre storage yard on the grounds of construction equipment auction company Western Construction Auctions, company CEO Eric Kazakoff, told The Press-Enterprise.

“The parachute didn’t open … There was not a lot anybody could do,” he told the newspaper.

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12 Comments to “Pendleton Marine killed during parachute training”

    Skydivergirl said:
    February 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Marines don't have reserves?

      Mike Gipprich said:
      February 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      If they were practicing HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jumps his reserve may not have had time to properly deploy.

        david said:
        February 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        then he pulled too Fü€{ing low.

    Heywood Jablowmi said:
    February 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Marines have Reserves, but if you’re talking parachute reserves, yes, they have those too. Hi might not have pulled it, or both his main and reserve didn’t deploy. Could be anything

    GJMama said:
    February 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    He could have had a medical episode as well preventing him from opening a reserve chute.

    Thomas said:
    February 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    His AAD would have activated if they were doing HALO insertion training and he had a medical episode unless Marines don't MFF with them. RIP Marine.

    Doc Johnnie said:
    February 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Let's all use abbreviations to prove how knowledgeable we are. Here's my contribution: technically he didn't die skydiving. Think about it.

    Kristen said:
    February 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Rest in peace Marine….Thanks for respecting him and covering him with the flag brothers.

    MILTARY BRAT said:
    February 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    RIP MARINE
    And that was very nice that they covered him in a flag

    Mark Boys said:
    April 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    RIP Brother

    Semper Fi

    Gabby Roddy said:
    April 12, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Very shocking news indeed and I hope in next time parachute trainer will take more effective steps for protecting parachute rider. Thanks dude

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